Published On: Fri, Aug 1st, 2014 on 11:28 am

Two shisha bars in Leeds prosecuted for failing to comply with law

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Managers of two shisha bars in Leeds have been prosecuted for failing to comply with smoke free legislation.

Shisha bars Al Qaza and Arabiya, both located on Cross Stamford Street, were found guilty of allowing shisha to be smoked in an enclosed public space, made illegal by the Health Act 2006.

The Health Act 2006 and its associated smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) regulations 2006 came into effect on July 2007.

The legislation prohibits smoking, including the smoking of shisha, in enclosed and substantially enclosed workplaces and public places.

To smoke in any public premises with a roof, at least half the wall space must be open.

Both shisha bars had received letters relating to smoking, and in October 2013, Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) visited both premises to provide advice on the smoke free legislation and how to comply with the law.

A team including officers from the council’s environmental health team, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), West Yorkshire Trading Standards and supported by West Yorkshire Police made further visits a month later.

During these visits officers found shisha smoking taking place inside the premises.

HMRC also seized quantities of shisha from both premises where it could not be proved that duty had been paid.

A further visit was made to Al Qaza in March and its manager was charged with a further offence.

Both managers failed to appear before Leeds Magistrates on 30 July, so the cases were tried in their absence.

The manager of Arabiya was fined £1,000, ordered to pay £1,192.50 in costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

A fine of £1,500, costs totalling £1,144 and a victim surcharge of £100 must be paid by the manager of Al Qaza.

Cllr Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, warned: “We are responsible for enforcing the smoking ban and this applies to shisha bars too.

“Many people simply aren’t aware of the harm shisha can cause. Many believe the myth that it’s a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes but that’s simply not true. Smoking shisha poses serious health risks.”

Advice issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that smoking a shisha pipe for one hour involves inhaling 100 to 200 times the amount of smoke inhaled with just one cigarette.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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  1. jass says:

    They still operating and selling and allowing shisha to be smoked. Making council look stupid. Fine them £100’s of thousands each and then we will see uf they still operate.

  2. paul says:

    if its behind closed doors then i seriously dont care what people do to themselves…

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